Dermatologists and aestheticians—and beauty editors of course—regularly preach about the importance of wearing SPF on your face and body daily, but one thing not talked about as often is the need for sunscreen on your lips as well. So when we heard that searches on Pinterest for lip balms with SPF have increased a whopping 304 percent since last year, we were pleasantly surprised nonetheless. This is one beauty trend that will never go out of style—that is, until they invent permanent SPF. Sign me up!
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You probably already have a lip balm in your beach bag, but if it doesn’t contain sunscreen—opt for SPF 30 or higher if you can—consider swapping it out for a protective formula. Montclair, NJ dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD says that unfortunately, her patients neglect their lips all the time, and although they may not think about it, lips are prone to skin cancer just like the rest of the body. “It is critical to protect the skin on your lips by using sunblock constantly—it must be reapplied every two hours, as the lips are very susceptible to skin cancer. Additionally, the lips can get very discolored from sun damage and almost make people look like they are smokers when they are not!”
Scroll through to check out some of our favorite SPF-infused lip balms.
SPF: Avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate and octinoxate
Why we like it: If you prefer a glossy look or want to turn your favorite matte lipstick into a powerful sun shield, this is your best bet. It’s high-shine, not tacky in the least and the strongest SPF we’ve found in a lip product for the utmost protection.
SPF: Octinoxate, oxybenzone
Why we like it: Available in six moisturizing shades from sheer shimmer to fresh plum, this tinted balm features the brand’s exclusive ion2 complex, which helps improve the texture and color of your lips over time with continued use.
SPF: Zinc oxide
Why we like it: Infused with electrolytes, this innovative pink balm—it also comes in nude, plum and clear—simultaneously helps your lips maintain optimal hydration levels while safeguarding them from harmful UV rays with broad-spectrum SPF. Plus, time-released cooling technology keeps them soothed are scorching hot days.
SPF: Avobenzone, octinoxate
Why we like it: What started as a clear lip treatment in 2004 and quickly became a cult-classic has evolved into a 13-shade collection of the prettiest (and yummy-smelling) nudes, pinks, corals and plums that smooth your lips with a cocktail of sugar, moisturizing oils, and vitamins C and E. One swipe and you’ll be hooked!
SPF: Zinc oxide
Why we like it: For those who prefer a vegan (and wallet-friendly) option, this clear mineral lip balm—there’s a nude and a peach version, too—merges skin care and sun care to transform the driest of lips with coconut and shea butters as it defends them from sun damage.